Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of the Earth

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HarperCollins, Dec 13, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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"Alexander's behavior was conditioned along certain lines -- heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure."

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the personal life and military conquests of this most legendary of men. Cantor draws from the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries combined with the most recent psychological and cultural studies to show Alexander as he was -- a great figure in the ancient world whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.

He describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, the Greek and Persian worlds, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model. Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt.

More than a biography, Norman Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

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User Review  - Kristine Morris - Goodreads

This is a very accessible introduction to Alexander the Great. Norman provides a basic biography, overview of Alexander's conquests, context of why he did what he did and an assessment of his impact on western history and civilization. Read full review

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User Review  - Blake Cleckler - Goodreads

Short, entertaining, engaging, and quite revealing about the early Greek culture. Not overly thorough, like my old History teacher used to say about a good essay it was "like a woman's skirt should be, short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject." Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University.

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